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Data Visualized: IT Perceptions of the Internet of Things

A few weeks ago Cisco released the Global IT Impact Survey.  For this survey we interviewed over 1300 IT professionals across 13 countries, at all ages of their careers – those in their 20s all the way through those over 60. We had people from many different industries – education, construction, government, transportation, consulting, utilities – and more.

When we released the survey, the analysis we did was really just a small part of what could be looked at.  There was a lot more data there to sift through and analyze than we explicitly discussed.  For example, we found 48% of those surveyed saw business opportunity with the Internet of Things.  However, I was curious how IT knowledge and perceptions of IoT correlated with some of the other data we gathered.  And because I somehow thought it would be faster to put my analysis down in images (hint, it probably wasn’t) I made a data visualization.  Read More »

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Prince Philippe of Belgium Visits Cisco

We have had a royal visit here at Cisco today. His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium, next in line to the Belgian throne, regularly leads economic missions throughout the world. This month, he is presiding over a Belgian delegation in Silicon Valley. The objective of this economic mission is to put Belgian executives in contact with leading companies in the Valley so that they can exchange ideas, build business relationships and find new opportunities for economic development. Together with Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president, Cisco Services, and Guido Jouret, VP/GM and CTO of Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group, we provided an update on Cisco’s vision and strategy, and the key economic and technology trends we see, both worldwide and in Belgium.

Edzard Overbeek and Prince Philippe

Edzard Overbeek and Prince Philippe

Focus on innovation

Cisco has always been very much committed to our country. Not only because it is the European Union’s beating heart, but Belgium also houses our technical assistance centre for the region and is now home to one of our many R&D centers, the Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group (SPVTG) R&D center, through the acquisition of Scientific Atlanta near Kortrijk. We have 700 sales and services staff on those two sites.

European countries can’t be innovative, is often claimed. We don’t believe that. Northern Europe has always been a region with a strong commitment to advancing the technology agenda, for example. The networked readiness index is dominated by the Scandinavian countries, plus the Netherlands. Some emerging countries like Estonia are closing the gap at an incredible pace. Belgium has never been far behind, and houses one of the best educational systems. It has excellent engineers, just as we see in our Cisco SPVTG R&D center. Cisco does believe in Belgium as one of the better European performers.

TelePresence with Prince Philippe

TelePresence with Prince Philippe

However, with 2.4% of the GDP invested in R&D, Belgium is an average performer on the European innovation index. At the recent Cisco Connect event in Brussels, the president of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB/VBO) discussed weak government investments in innovation and difficult access to venture capital. According to him, Belgian companies are still not sufficiently effective in selling their products abroad. Peculiarly enough, according to research by the European Commission, 60% of the Belgian companies invested in innovation last year, be it in products, processes, marketing or operations. Only Germany performed better. It proves there’s potential for growth in Belgium.

Prince Philippe of Belgium

Prince Philippe of Belgium


The Boston Consulting Group advises to invest in internet infrastructure as one of the measures to stimulate innovation and the creation of jobs. For every job that is lost, the internet economy gives you 2.6 in return. With an expanding internet ahead of us, there’s a large opportunity to seize. In healthcare, education, energy management and certainly traffic management. Belgium is a small country, but has Europe’s highest traffic density, with an estimated two percent of its GDP lost due to serious traffic congestion.

We therefore talked to our guests of the Belgian economic mission about the smart cities we are building. We pointed tothe South-Korean city of Songdo, where Cisco and real estate developer Gale International are collaborating with the city to wire every square inch with synapses: from escalators to light bulbs with a proper IP address so that you can measure and improve energy management. Every house has its videoconferencing unit; all vehicles and roads can be connected as well. The cost of public transportation and pay-as-you-drive varies according to road congestion. And if you opt to take your car, intelligent parking systems guide you to the nearest free spot. We are making things intelligent so that we can convert data into wisdom. Songdo will run on information.

Entering Cisco

Prince Philippe arrives at Cisco


Smart government

Another solution that could help Brussels and other cities offer their citizens the services they need, in a convenient and cost-effective way, is a new smart government initiative called ‘Virtual Citizen Services Centres’. Barcelona City Hall has announced a pioneering center in Europe, using Cisco TelePresence and remote expert collaboration technologies to allow citizens to remotely carry out various administrative processes without needing to appear at local offices. The services centre is a booth that can be installed anywhere: post offices, shopping centers, libraries and so on. It is freely accessible during business hours, from which citizens may interact face-to-face with public servants to share, sign and print documents and take care of multiple administrative processes as if they were at the office itself. It will facilitate the process of obtaining construction licenses, for instance. Such Smart+Connected Communities solutions improve every government’s service. The only thing you need is an internet connection.

Pol Vanbiervliet, Cisco Belgium GM

Pol Vanbiervliet, Cisco Belgium GM

That’s why Cisco is investing 12% of its turnover in research and development year over year. “If you don’t change, you get left behind”, John Chambers recently said in a Belgian financial newspaper. We are entering the next generation of the Internet where the networked  connection of people, data, process and things will create unprecedented opportunities for organizations, individuals and countries.  We are beginning to experience an Internet of Everything (IoE) that Cisco predicts could generate as much as $14.4 Trillion (USD) in value globally for businesses who innovate and leverage  IoE to its full potential.  With smart investments, Belgium will have its share of the pie and the economic conversion it is looking for.


Driving Success for Midsize Businesses with New Website

I’m happy to announce a new resource for companies with 100-1,000 employees:  the Cisco Midsize Business Solutions website. Built for midsize IT and business leaders, it discusses current market influences and top challenges with insights on how to address them. With solutions, case studies, videos, and tools, it provides these leaders with the information they need to grow their business.

One of the top focus areas on the website is the infrastructure. A strong IT infrastructure is important to the success of any business. The infrastructure is how we get the applications we need to do our jobs. It’s how we collaborate with our co-workers, partners, and customers. It’s how we access the data we need when and where we need it. When it comes to midsized businesses, it’s the key to growth.  Read More »

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Cisco Sizzle – Summary of May’s Hottest Stories

Welcome to the Cisco Sizzle! Each month, we’re rounding up the best of the best from across our social media channels for your reading pleasure. From the most read blog posts to the top engaging content on Facebook or LinkedIn, catch up on things you might have missed, or on the articles you just want to see again, all in one place.

Let’s take a look back at the top content from May…

Work-Life Balance … Or Work-Life Integration?
Achieving a work-life balance can be tough, but Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior takes a different approach. Instead of trying to balance the demands of work and home separately, she embraces integration and combines the two together whenever she can.

IoE: Powering Supply Chain Management
Cisco is connecting the Internet of Everything to get supply chains perfectly linked. Watch this video to explore how IoE instigates meaningful actions to happen faster.

Cisco Ranks High With Young Professionals
Career Bliss recently compiled a list of the top 10 companies where young employees are happiest, based on more than 48,000 employee-generated reviews. It’s no surprise to us – Cisco was ranked as #5 overall! Many thanks to our employees for this honor – you make us happy, too!

How Organized is Your Cabling?
Any IT guru will agree: this is an amazing feat of organization. Extra credit to anyone who can keep cabling in line like this!

How IoE Will Bring Up to $14 Trillion of Value to the World
During the 2013 Cisco Editors Conference, Padmasree Warrior and Sean Curtis demonstrated how applications, cloud, data centers and intelligent networks come together to deliver new experience and opportunities. Watch to learn more:

Cisco and Wired: Re-Imagining Magazines As We Know Them
Cisco and Wired are joining forces to provide living examples of the Internet of Everything and its future possibilities. Explore this interactive magazine to see how IoE is changing every aspect of our lives.

What Keeps a CEO Up At Night?
In this latest installment of Leadership@Cisco, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers talks about his love for adventure, the importance of family and the characteristics that make a good leader. Learn what he’s most passionate about, where he sees technology going in the future and what keeps him up at night in this video.

Cloud Curious?
Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the way businesses and people consume information. It is enabling IT as a service, evolving collaboration and changing content delivery. See for yourself how Cisco is helping service providers of all sizes navigate the world of many clouds:

Coordinated Attacks Against the U.S. Government and Banking Infrastructure
In this blog post, Mike Schiffman and other Cisco employees inform us of a round of planned cyber attacks that have been launched against the U.S. government and banking systems. They provide an overview of the situation along with resources and best practices to prevent and respond to the attacks. For more information on how to protect against these attacks, don’t miss this post:

Check out the Cisco Storify feed for even more great content!


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How to Wear the Internet of Everything

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel

I’ve always loved this quote by French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. It reminds me of the old adage – we are what we wear.

But in a GigaOm article and an InfoWorld article this week, this adage is taken to the next level. The news coverage discusses the future possibilities of us wearing sensors and transmitters to route and relay data.

For example, our clothes and accessories will dictate how our information is communicated and received. When you check into a hospital, your outfit du jour will connect with the hospital network to finalize the check-in process and provide your doctors and nurses with crucial information regarding your health. With such capabilities, hospitals would be able to track and manage the flow of incoming patients and detect who is in need of immediate attention.

To take this idea a step further, not only will our “wearables” just collect data, they will create makeshift unified networks. Perhaps instead of simply connecting devices and communicating through networks, humans will form and shape these vast networks by what we wear and the way we live.

To create such a connected human network, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses will need to be issued to create a unique-to-each person system of data gathering and sharing. I’ve long been an advocate for issuing IPv6 addresses to everyone in order to create a global ID. This could be a way of updating the antiquated social security number system in our country.

In my upcoming keynote address at Cisco Live!, I’ll be discussing more about this subject. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts about what life will look like when the power of connections create an optimized wireless network system.

Follow me at @DaveTheFuturist and join the conversation: #IoE #InternetofEverything #IPv6

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